Food Security

US food aid: Charity begins at home

LONDON, 30 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid. full report

The heat is on: Surviving summer in an Iraqi camp

ERBIL, 28 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - For the 250,000 displaced Iraqis living in camps, the sweltering heat of the summer can make their lives misery. Staying cool is a gargantuan challenge. full report

Crisis Brief: Unexpected aid in eastern Ukraine

LUHANSK, 16 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Cut off from government-controlled territory, civilians in rebel-held eastern Ukraine have limited access to goods, basic services and cash. A new IRIN/HPG Crisis Brief finds that much of the aid reaching people is coming from unusual sources. full report

Food aid cut to Malian refugees in Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT, 9 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nearly 50,000 Malian refugees are at risk following the suspension of food aid to their camp in southeastern Mauritania, with NGOs warning of a significant increase in acute malnutrition, particularly among children under five, and pregnant and lactating women: full report

Ukraine tightens restrictions on rebel-held east

ARTEMIVSK, 8 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - In what critics call another move in a blockade on rebel-held regions, the Ukrainian government has prohibited public transportation and commercial cargo from crossing road checkpoints into and out of rebel-held territory, complicating travel for people crossing the frontline in search of supplies and services and slowing the delivery of aid and basic goods. full report

Photo feature: Sierra Leoneans still feeling the impact of Ebola

FREETOWN, 2 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Sierra Leone is beginning to show some signs of recovering from the ongoing Ebola outbreak, but many family are still struggling to survive. full report

Niger: Boko Haram's neglected crisis

NIAMEY/DAKAR, 29 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerian families first began seeking refuge in Niger in 2013, but Boko Haram-related violence in the region has spiked in recent months, causing the number of refugees to balloon and leading to a fast-growing humanitarian crisis that is garnering little international media attention: full report

Islamic State attack puts Kobani reconstruction at risk

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The Islamic State's daring attack on the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani has left thousands of those who returned displaced again, including over 1,000 stranded on the border, and could derail plans for a major demining and reconstruction operations in the city. full report

Avian flu threatens West Africa poultry farmers

OUAGADOUGOU, 23 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The loss, since January, of more than 1.7 million birds across five countries in West Africa is threatening the livelihoods of poultry farmers across the region. full report

Fleeing insecurity and cholera, Burundians pour into Uganda

KAMPALA, 4 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of Burundian refugees have made their way to Uganda, having fled insecurity at home and a cholera outbreak in Tanzania. Ugandan officials say they are struggling to cope with the influx. full report

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